Empathy is Everything

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I have often read that empathy is extremely important to children, but this holiday season really brought home to me what a fantastic tool it is for managing young and often scary emotions in children. I’m pretty sure all I did this month was restate 75% of what my son said. “You really want to open presents now.” “You can’t wait for Santa to come.” “You don’t want to leave the party.” “You’re so excited about Christmas.” over Read more

Parenting with Your Dishwasher

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Having a child impacts your life in many ways, but it impacts your household appliances in only one way: it uses them as they were never intended to be used. Nothing gives a cleaning machine a workout like a little kid. If you have gotten by without a dishwasher so far, consider the following ways to parent with a dishwasher and see if it might be time for you to invest Read more